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21 September 2007 @ 04:13 pm
Bonus Tao  
I'm still obsessively reading the No-Impact Man project blog, and ran across this gem:


I was reading Jack Kornfield’s After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. In it, Kornfield tells a story about an old Chinese man at a water-well. He lowers a bucket tied to a rope, and slowly pulls the water up, hand over hand. A young man comes by holding a pulley and proceeds to explain how it would make the old man’s work easier.

The old man says, “If I use a device like this, my mind will think itself clever. With a cunning mind, I will no longer put my heart into what I am doing. If my heart is not in my work, my work will be joyless. When the work is joyless, how do you think the water will taste?”

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To Mega Thereminrwx on September 22nd, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
i really really really recommend after the ecstacy, the laundry.
Kburgunder on September 22nd, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Have a copy I could borrow, by any chance?
To Mega Thereminrwx on September 22nd, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
possibly. i'll look for it tomorrow morning. book storage is pretty alarming at the moment.
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Varnvarn_ix on September 23rd, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
It would seem the thing to do is to adopt the clever device, but readjust your mind to think it the baseline for gruelling work, and then invent maybe a horse-powered water pump or possibly a solar panel and an electromotor.

From my point of a systems engineer, the joy is in putting together clever devices, then congratulating myself on them. The water would taste very sweet indeed.